Teen claims police brutality


by Rucks Russell / KHOU 11 News


Posted on January 3, 2013 at 9:36 AM

FRIENDSWOOD -- The videotaped arrest of a teenage girl has sparked outrage among witnesses who believe the Friendswood police officer who made the arrest went too far.

“He really got rough with her unnecessarily,” said Susan Coyle, the suspect’s mother who was there when it happened.

The incident took place around 11:30 p.m. Saturday in front of a home located in the 500 block of Kingsbury Lane.

Sixteen-year-old Kaylee Coyle, who was staying at a friend’s house, said she called her mom and asked her to bring over some money for food. But when her mother pulled up next to the house, her car was partially blocking the road. That’s when a Friendswood police officer who was on patrol in the area stopped to investigate.

Kaylee said that when she asked the officer why he was writing her mother a ticket, he slammed her to the ground.

“He grabbed this arm and slammed me on the concrete. Chin first. And it knocked me out.

Kaylee’s friends began to record cell phone video as Kaylee’s mother looked on.

“It makes me angry because there was nothing I could do to stop it,” said Susan Coyle. “Nothing I could do to change what he was doing to her or I would have been in the same situation.”

Friendswood police officials said Kaylee was belligerent with the officer. They said that when he ordered her to leave she repeatedly kicked him in the shin. Kaylee was arrested and charged with interfering with the duties of a public servant.

Kaylee’s mother was also cited for driving with an expired license. But she maintains the video proves it was the officer who was in the wrong.

“I definitely think he owes my daughter an apology,” Susan said.

Kaylee said she still has nightmares because of what happened.

“This is something I never want to have happen to me again,” said Kaylee.

Family members said they plan to lodge a formal complaint against Friendswood police.